Anxiety and the regulation of complex problem situations: Playing it safe?

Stoeber, Joachim (1996) Anxiety and the regulation of complex problem situations: Playing it safe? In: Battmann, Wolfgang and Dutke, Stephan, eds. Processes of the Molar Regulation of Behavior. Pabst Science Publishers, Berlin, pp. 105-118. ISBN 3-931660-11-7. (Full text available)

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Abstract

According to Schönpflug, an ecologically valid model of behavioral regulation should contain antecedent, focal, and consequential problem variables while allowing for a classification of primary versus auxiliary actions. To study individual differences in dynamic problem solving, the task simulation RISK is introduced. Within this task, highly anxious subjects were expected to demonstrate a greater safety expertise because of a hypothesized tendency to focus on risks and modify them. The results, however, indicated a preference for a more narrow focus: Highly anxious subjects directed their regulatory efforts primarily to focal and consequential problem variables. Yet, in RISK, this was a safe and also successful strategy.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Joachim Stoeber
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009 14:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 14:44
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23160 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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